Very sad news from Hollywood this weekend:
Laura Lynch, a founding member of the country group The Chicks, died Friday after a head-on car crash in Texas.
She was 65 years old.
According to local authorities… Lynch was traveling east on US 62 in Hudspeth County when another car traveling in the opposite direction attempted to pass her on an undivided portion of the two-lane highway.
This car then crashed into Lynch's car.
The driver of the vehicle that collided with Lynch was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The fatal accident occurred around 5:45 pm local time.
Members of the band (previously known as The Dixie Chicks, which changed its name in 2020) released a statement on Saturday on their official Instagram page.
It included a video of Lynch singing and playing with the group, as you can see above.
“Laura was a shining light… her infectious energy and humor gave a spark to the early days of our band. Laura had a gift for design, a love for everything related to Texas and she was instrumental in the band's initial success,” the sad message reads.
“Their undeniable talent helped propel us beyond busking on street corners to stages across Texas and the Midwest. “Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this sad time.”
The statement was signed by Natalie Maines, Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire.
Lynch founded The Chicks with guitarist Robin Lynn Macy and sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer back in 1989.
In 1992, Macy left the band, while Maines later replaced Lynch as lead vocalist.
Lynch, who recorded a total of three albums with the band, was not wearing a seat belt Friday night and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
He was part of The Chicks during the release of their 1990 debut LP, Thank Heavens for Dale Evans; 1992's sophomore effort, Little Ol' Cowgirl; and I Shouldn't Have Told You That from 1993.
We send our thoughts to Laura Lynch's friends, family and loved ones. Rest in peace.
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